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Construction in Pittsburgh!?!?!?! NEVER!!!!

Steeler fans .. if you go to the game
Saturday, August 11, 2007

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If you go ...

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow enough time to pass through stadium security. All fans entering Heinz Field will be subject to full pat downs. The Coca-Cola Great Hall and the South Plaza (Gates A and B) will open at 4:30 p.m. Gate C (access to the seating bowl, club lounges and suites) will open at 5:30 p.m.

Coolers, bags, backpacks and large purses (larger than 8 1/2 by 11) will be prohibited. Small purses, fanny packs, small camera cases and binocular cases and diaper bags will be permitted. All bags are subject to inspection. All bags that do not pass security must be returned to vehicles. In addition, Thermoses will not be permitted in the stadium.

The Steelers and Heinz Field management are warning fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets when attempting to make a purchase from scalpers. A number of counterfeit tickets have been sold outside of recent local college and professional sporting events.

Fans should utilize parking areas in the Golden Triangle, Station Square or one of the Port Authority's regional Park and Ride Lots. For $5, Golden Triangle parking is available at eight Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages, the Mon Wharf and the Convention Center. The Fifth Avenue Place garage also provides parking for $5.

From Downtown parking lots, fans can access Heinz Field via sidewalks on the Roberto Clemente Bridge as well as the Port Authority shuttle buses from the First Avenue Garage and Strip District.

The Fort Duquesne Bridge walk is closed because of Point Park construction.

Reserve, pre-sold parking lots around the stadium open at 2:30 p.m. Tailgating is permitted in the pre-sold lots surrounding the stadium. Reedsdale Street eastbound, via the West End Bridge, will be opened for the game providing access to pre-sold Gold Lot 1, Red 5 Garage and Red 7 Lots.

Port Authority shuttle buses from First Ave. (98F) and the Strip District (98D) will operate two hours before kickoff and 45 minutes after the game. Fares are $1.25 (from Golden Triangle to Heinz Field) or $1.75 one way. Stops include Liberty Avenue across from the Wood Street "T" Station, Liberty Avenue at Heinz Hall and Sixth Avenue at Fort Duquesne Blvd.

Fans from the east are reminded that I-376 is closed inbound. Fans are advised to allow extra time to use one of the PennDOT recommended detours. Stanwix Street also is closed due to construction.

Fans exiting lots Gold 1 and 1A heading North on I-279 and Route 28 are advised that Reedsdale Street eastbound is now closed at Tony Dorsett Drive.

Police will operate three lanes of the West End Bridge southbound for vehicles exiting the game. Fans exiting east to I-376 should use the left lane (third lane from the right). Fans exiting to Route 50 via Route 60 should also use the left lane. Fans exiting south to I-279 and routes 51 and 19 should use the right lanes.

After the game, Allegheny Avenue will be northbound only, from Reedsdale Street to Ridge Avenue, with the right lane leading to the Ft. Duquesne Bridge only. The right curb lane of General Robinson Street eastbound from Mazeroski Way to Federal Street, will be for buses only.

Fans exiting to East I-376 from the Golden Triangle are directed to the Boulevard of the Allies entrance heading eastbound toward Oakland.


This is going to be a freakin'

Steeler parking, traffic could be trouble
By Rob Amen
Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fans might have to call an audible on where to tailgate before the Steelers game tonight.

At least they might have to make like Willie Parker -- juking to avoid road and parking lot closures associated with construction of the North Shore Connector.

The Steelers play the Green Bay Packers at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field, meaning 65,000 rabid -- and not always patient -- fans will be trolling the North Shore for parking and parties amid the rubble of the future light-rail subway.

Port Authority of Allegheny County is in the hole, so to speak.

Since the Steelers last played here, Port Authority's contractors dug massive holes in the North Shore to drop a tunnel-boring machine into the ground. The agency closed both eastbound lanes of Reedsdale Street in early March and eliminated 600 parking spots -- prime tailgating territory. It closed Tony Dorsett Drive in June.

The agency hoped to reopen the roads in time for football season. But a day before the game, a huge hole remained under the base of the Fort Duquesne Bridge.

Port Authority plans to plate over Reedsdale and temporarily open one eastbound lane from Art Rooney Avenue to Tony Dorsett Drive by 9 a.m. today, said Carmen Bray, a Port Authority spokeswoman. It will do the same for the team's Aug. 26 preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tony Dorsett Drive will temporarily reopen to both motorists and pedestrians for the preseason games, Bray said.

No pedestrian access will be available along Reedsdale Street.

Parking lots open at 2:30 p.m.

"We've been saying it will be August, late August, early September," Bray said of the timetable to reopen the North Shore roads. "Construction is going on. It's a little bit of an inconvenience.

"We haven't had any questions or problems with pedestrian movement with the Pirates and PNC Park. We don't anticipate problems with the Steelers games."

Still, restrictions remain.

West General Robinson Street between Mazeroski Way and Tony Dorsett Drive is reduced to one lane in each direction, and the sidewalk is in the street.

Heinz Field officials were fighting this week with Point State Park contractors to open access to the Fort Duquesne Bridge pedestrian walkway, which has been closed because of construction at the Point. The walkway will remain closed today.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 fans who park Downtown use the bridge to get to the stadium, said Jimmy Sacco, executive director of stadium management.

Stadium officials hope to reach an agreement with contractors in time for the Aug. 26 game.

"The alternate route would be to walk to the Clemente Bridge," said Rob Thompson, event-operations coordinator at the Heinz Field. "It's not short. But at this point, we don't have a lot of alternatives."

Port Authority will reopen the North Shore roads permanently by early September, Bray said. The Steelers' first regular-season home game is Sept. 16.

"We won't have any problems the rest of the season," Bray said.

Because of the construction of the North Shore Connector, Alco Parking lost about 600 parking spaces near the stadium. Alco Parking President Merrill Stabile said Friday that Alco lots will not accept recreational vehicles or any vehicle that takes up more than one spot because of the parking crunch.

Pittsburgh police will have 10 officers on street corners around Heinz Field beginning about 2:30 p.m. to direct traffic and 20 officers doing the same after the game, said city police Cmdr. Scott Schubert.

Two bicycle officers will roam the area before and after the game, Schubert said.

The Steelers hired 18 off-duty police officers for before the game and 27 for afterward, Thompson said. The team will pay the city the officers' salaries plus $3.85 an hour per off-duty officer hired, based on an ordinance the city adopted in April.
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